Cocktail BittersAmongst our selection of bar accessories is the wonderful world of cocktail bitters. With brands like Scrappys Bitters, Bittermans, Fee Brothers, Urban Moonshine, and Underberg of Germany, you know youre getting top quality products when you order your bitters from True Beer. We offer many flavors of bitters, and youll be able to mix drinks like a pro in no time with these top-of-the-line items.
A little lesson in cocktail bitters: it is an alcoholic beverage that is flavored with herbal essences. It has a bitter or bittersweet flavor, hence its name. Bitters were first made and used by physicians, but are now considered digestifs and not medicines. And, their use today is to flavor cocktails. This is where True Beer comes in.
Scrappys Bitters handcrafts their product in small batches, and they use only the highest quality natural ingredients. We offer an array of flavors like cardamom, lavender, celery, grapefruit, orange, and lime. These top-of-the-line products will add depth to your bar and, unique and delicious flavor to your drinks. Each flavor should be mixed with the suggested types of alcohol for optimal flavoring. Whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, and tequila cocktails are all great vessels for Scrappys Bitters flavors. Check the bottle for specific suggestions for each flavor.
Bittermens is a name cocktail enthusiasts know by heart, and is arguably one of the best cocktail bitters available. Their product is made in small batches using only top quality ingredients. We offer a variety of flavors by Bittermens like Boston Bittahs, Burlesque, Elemakule Tiki, Xocolati Mole, and grapefruit. Suggestions can be found in the product description, here, on our website or with your Bittermens bitters. Suggestions for light and dark libations are given.
Another great brand we offer is Fee Brothers. This company has been in business since 1864, and even survived Prohibition. With over 100 years of experience, they are one of the best in the beverage business. Their products are defined as aromatic old fashion bitters. Cherry, cranberry, lemon, orange, plum, celery, old fashion, grapefruit, and mint flavors are available through our website. Only a few drops of these bitters will give your cocktail depth and delicious flavor.
All bitters brands we sell are top quality and made with fine natural ingredients. Most of the bitters are sold in single bottles, but we do have a great Urban Moonshine set. This set comes with three 2oz. bottles in original, citrus, and maple flavors. These products contain organic botanical ingredients that make them an excellent choice for mixing with your next cocktail.
Browse our wide selection of delicious bitters and find the one thats perfect for your home bar or next celebration. Although bitters isnt the center of attention in most cocktails, it should be rewarded for making all other flavors shine a little bit brighter. These cocktail bitters will add depth and complexity to your libations, and you will quickly become a fan of their delicious flavoring, if you arent one already.
History of Cocktail Bitters
Cocktail bitters have been a very popular additive in alcoholic drinks since their introduction in the 1800s. They are typically made of herbs, roots, and plants that have a bitter or bittersweet taste. Many people believe that bitters add a bitter taste to cocktails, but that is not usually true. Cocktail bitters make the other flavors in drinks more pronounced and enhanced. Cocktail bitters should be added in small quantities so that they enhance drinks rather than overpowering them.
Bitters were originally created to be a digestive aid for the stomach, not a cocktail additive. Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert was a doctor from Germany who created a secret blend of plants and herbs to cure stomach illnesses when he was visiting Venezuela. In 1824 he created Angostura Bitters, which is still the most popular brand of cocktail bitters. These bitters were named for a town in Venezuela and were not used as ingredients in cocktails until they reached Trinidad and England. Bitters are still used as a digestive aid and cure for an upset stomach when mixed with water or ginger ale. They are also used in small amounts in cooking to add flavor.
Classic cocktails made with bitters are increasing in popularity in many bars both public and personal. Bitters are a necessary ingredient in classic cocktails such as Martini Cocktail, Sazarac, and the Old Fashioned. Orange bitters were an important ingredient in the original version of the martini. Three Mile Long Island Iced Tea, Latin Manhattan, and Metropolitan are more drinks that use bitters to enhance the flavor.
There are many flavors of bitters and they are great for increasing depth in popular drinks and balancing the flavors of drinks with many ingredients. Fruits and herbs are popular flavorings used in the manufacturing of bitters. Some of the most commonly found are lemon, grapefruit, mint, peach, rhubarb, and orange. Cocktail bitters generally contain a high concentration of alcohol and should be added in small dashes to mixed drinks and never consumed on their own.
Cocktail bitters are an essential addition to every bar. Their popularity had waned in recent years, but cocktail bitters are definitely becoming popular again. John Bartlett created a "Dictionary of Americanisms" in 1848 when bitters were first popular. His definition of cocktail was a stimulating beverage made of liquor such as gin or brandy mixed with sugar, bitters, and a very small amount of water.